A Note From Pastor Steven

 

Hello.

It is my privilege to be the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. We are a group of people who have come together because of our mutual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.He is our Hope, and we invite you to discover Jesus as your Hope as well.

Also, thank you for visiting our website.I pray that it will help you to stay connected with the Lord as well as this particular body of believers.Please be sure to check out our website often, as we will continue to make many exciting changes, updates, and enhancements in the future.

We invite you to come join us in worship, fellowship, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word each Sunday and Wednesday.

Blessings,
Pastor Steven
 

 

What is a Faithful Church? Part 1

The Apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos during the cruel reign of Domitian.  John’s crime was that he proclaimed and shared the saving message of the Lord Jesus (Revelation 1:9).  On Patmos, John received a prophetic revelation concerning not only the future but also seven letters to seven churches that existed in that time in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).  These letters are filled with correction and encouragement not only for the believers in those days but even today.

In Jesus’ letter to the church in Philadelphia (Rev. 3:7-13), the Lord provides us with four marks that identify a faithful church.  In the next few posts, we will be looking at each of the four as described in verse 8.

Jesus begins by stating that He had provided them with an “open door.”  This term means to provide an opportunity for the work of ministry (see Acts 14:27; 2 Cor. 2:12).  The Lord gives each church an opportunity to do the work of ministry.  However, will the members go through the door and take advantage of the opportunity?

Warren Wiersbe once wrote, “unbelief sees the obstacles, but faith sees the opportunities.”[1]  The Philadelphians were commended for their faithfulness in using the ministry opportunities the Lord had given them.  Are you taking the opportunities the Lord gives you to share the gospel and to serve Him?    

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Warren Wiersbe.  The Bible Exposition Commentary, Ephesians – Revelation.
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Promises of God – #4

According to some estimates, there are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible.  In the Old Testament, there are 7,706 and in the New Testament, there are 1,104 wonderful promises.[1]  God’s people are blessed that the Lord gives us so many promises in His Word.

In this series of posts, I have been providing some of God’s promises based on a particular topic.  You can use them for yourself as well as for other people who may need them.  In this post, we will consider some of God’s promises related to making decisions.  Whether it is something significant or the everyday decisions we need to make, below are some of God’s promises related to making decisions in life. 

Promises – Making Decisions:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Psalm 16:11
  • Psalm 32:8
  • Psalm 73:24
  • Psalm 119:105
  • James 1:5

May the Lord bless you with His many wonderful promises.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Static per the Encyclopedia of Illustrations #4612.



Telling the Truth

Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote that “truth is the highest thing that man may keep.”  Most of us would agree about the importance of telling the truth.  While telling the truth is generally seen in a positive light, sometimes telling the truth can lead to problems.

In 1 Kings 22:1-8, King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat formed an alliance to retake the town of Ramoth-gilead using their combined military force.  Before acting, Jehoshaphat thought it was best to seek the Lord’s counsel.  On the other hand, King Ahab gathered together prophets who were loyal to him, instead of to the Lord.  Jehoshaphat was displeased with these “yes men,” and continued to seek a prophet of the Lord so that the truth could be revealed. 

Unfortunately, the Lord’s prophet Micaiah was not liked by Ahab.  What was the problem?  The problem was that he told the truth (1 Kings 22:8).  Ahab did not want to hear the Lord’s truth, and as a result, hated the Lord’s prophet.

Often, we do not want to hear the truth because it brings conviction.  Our world today needs to hear the truth of God’s Word.  Like Micaiah, “we need to be determined to be faithful, not popular.”[1] 

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Warren Wiersbe.  The Bible Exposition Commentary, Joshua – Esther, p.488.



James – A Practical Faith

How does the Christian faith work in everyday life?  This is a question that the book of James answers.  This Sunday, September 26 we will begin a new series entitled “James – A Practical Faith.”  In this series we will be studying through the book of James where we will learn how we can live the faith we profess each day.

Below is a list of resources that you might find helpful related to our James study.

Videos

Books/Devotionals

May the Lord bless you as you spend time in His Word.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Promises of God – #3

According to some estimates, there are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible.  In the Old Testament, there are 7,706 and in the New Testament, there are 1,104 wonderful promises.[1]  God’s people are blessed that the Lord gives us so many promises in His Word.

Periodically, I will be posting a list of promises based on a particular topic.  You can use them for yourself as well as for other people who may need them.  In this post, we will consider some of God’s promises related to the trials and troubles of life.  We live in a world that is presently filled with trials and troubles.  In addition, we all experience the normal problems of life.  However, we have God’s promises to encourage us in this area.

Promises – Trials/Troubles of Life:

  • Job 23:10
  • Psalm 34:19
  • Isaiah 26:3
  • Romans 8:28-29
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
  • James 1:12
  • 1 Peter 1:6-7

May the Lord bless you with His many wonderful promises.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Static per the Encyclopedia of Illustrations #4612.



Promises of God – #2

According to some estimates, there are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible.  In the Old Testament, there are 7,706 and in the New Testament, there are 1,104 wonderful promises.[1]  God’s people are blessed that the Lord gives us so many promises in His Word.

Periodically, I will be posting a list of promises based on a particular topic.  You can use them for yourself as well as for other people who may need them.  In this post, we will consider some of God’s promises related to the future.  Rather than worry about the future, we can have hope concerning the future by looking at these promises from the Lord.

Promises – The Future:

  • Psalm 33:22
  • Psalm 39:7
  • Psalm 130:5
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Lamentations 3:21-23
  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • 1 Peter 1:3-4
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
  • Titus 2:13
  • Revelation 21:4

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

May the Lord bless you with His many wonderful promises.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Static per the Encyclopedia of Illustrations #4612.



Lord’s Supper – 08/29/2021

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper on Sunday 08/29.  This is always a great opportunity to take time to reflect on the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice as we await His return in glory.  Below are a few scriptures that you can use to read and pray to prepare your hearts. 

  • Luke 22:7-13
  • 2 Corinthians 5:19-21
  • 1 Peter 2:21-25
You may also find the below link helpful as well.
 

May the Lord bless you as you prepare your hearts to observe the Lord’s Supper.

 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Steven


Promises of God – #1

According to some estimates, there are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible.  In the Old Testament, there are 7,706 and in the New Testament, there are 1,104 wonderful promises.[1]  God’s people are blessed that the Lord gives us so many promises in His Word.

Periodically, I will be posting a list of promises based on a particular topic.  You can use them for yourself as well as for other people who may need them.  We will begin with promises related to the Lord’s unconditional love for His people.

Promises – The Lord’s unconditional love for His people:

  • Jeremiah 31:3
  • Romans 5:8
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • Ephesians 2:4-5
  • 1 John 4:9-10
  • Revelation 1:5

May the Lord bless you with His many wonderful promises.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Static per the Encyclopedia of Illustrations #4612.



Occupied With the Lord

In John 21:15-25, we find the conclusion of the gospel with an account of Peter’s restoration.  Peter had denied the Lord three times just as Jesus had said that Peter would (see John 13:36-38), so the Lord graciously restores Peter three times.  After telling Peter what kind of death he would experience one day, Jesus issues Peter a simple command to “follow me.”

Instead of focusing on the Lord’s will for his life, Peter turned to compare himself to John.  In response, Jesus tells Peter that what happens to John is none of his concern.  Peter needed to focus on the task the Lord gave him and not compare himself to others.  William MacDonald once wrote, “Many failures in Christian service arise from disciples’ being more occupied with one another than with the Lord.”[1]

Like Peter, we too can become distracted by comparing ourselves to others rather than focusing our attention on the Lord and following him.  Rather than comparing ourselves to others, we should be spending time with the Lord asking what His will is for our own lives.

Our primary goal should be to grow in our walk with the Lord.  We can only do this when our focus is on him alone.   

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] William MacDonald, The Believer’s Bible Commentary.



Maranatha – Resources

We all need encouragement sometimes.  Did you know that the Bible teaches that there is a future event that should bring encouragement to the believer today?  This Sunday evening, we begin a new series entitled “Maranatha, Our Lord Come.”  This series will be a study on the Rapture of the church.

Below are some resources that you might find helpful related to this subject.

Books

Videos

 “Therefore comfort one another with these words.”  1 Thessalonians 4:18 NASB95

Blessings,

Pastor Steven